GLSA-200701-24 : VLC media player: Format string vulnerability

Medium Nessus Plugin ID 24309


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200701-24 (VLC media player: Format string vulnerability)

Kevin Finisterre has discovered that when handling media locations, various functions throughout VLC media player make improper use of format strings.
Impact :

An attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted media location or M3U file with VLC media player, and execute arbitrary code on the system with the rights of the user running VLC media player.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All VLC media player users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=media-video/vlc-0.8.6-r1'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 24309

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200701-24.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Published: 2007/02/09

Updated: 2019/08/02

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:vlc, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Patch Publication Date: 2007/01/26

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2007/01/02

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2007-0017

GLSA: 200701-24